Reworked – The Company Culture Podcast
Welcome to Reworked, the company culture podcast from inclusion and diversity specialists EW Group. Reworked examines our working lives and takes a fresh look at the way we work. Every fortnight you’ll get the latest thinking on company culture from leading experts in organisational culture and inclusive leadership. Take our thought leaders with you on your commute.
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Episode 5 – Culture Change with Phil Jones MBE
As the landscape of work becomes ever more complex, how can you as a company ensure you have a workforce that is adaptable, resilient and diverse enough to make smart business decisions?
Phil Jones MBE talks to Rachael about how to drive culture change, and the key values and behaviours needed to support a modern workforce. Do your people feel included enough to participate? Are they engaged to the level needed to boost innovation in a market as fierce and fast-paced as tech?
Phil shares personal insights and examples of the changes he made – large and small – that have seen Brother UK named as one of the Times Top 100 places to work, as well as an Investors in People Platinum Workplace.
Episode 4 – Diversity Opportunities in Italy with Rachael Wilson
EW Group MD Rachael Wilson travels to Rome to speak to Italian business leaders about their diversity and inclusion plans.
Last week, Rachael was invited to speak at a conference in Rome hosted by EW Group’s Italian partners, Diversity Opportunity. These are divisive times in Italy: the general election the day before the event had ended in a hung parliament.
Against such an uncertain backdrop, Rachael wanted to get a sense of the efforts that Italian businesses are making to adapt perspectives around diversity, and to address barriers to inclusion. What she found was a genuine belief that diversity represents a source of team empowerment and business innovation.
“If you compare Italy now to 20 years ago, we’ve changed very very quickly. Companies are creating a new inclusive approach in order to transform diversity into business opportunity. It’s a reality that’s growing fast.”
Emelia Garito, TEDxRoma
As the only Brit in the room, Rachael took the chance to speak to a number of guests about the rising importance of workplace diversity and inclusion in Italy, and the progress made so far:
- Elvis Daniel, HR Business Partner at Stryker
- Emelia Garito, Organiser of TedxRoma
- Monica Ricci, HR Director, eFM
- Emiliano Boschetto, Institutional Relations and Communication Manager at eFM.
Episode 3 – Demographic Change with Aaqil Ahmed
Rachael Wilson hosts demographic change expert Aaqil Ahmed for a special event in London to discuss the business opportunities for growth that are linked to changing customer demographics.
Aaqil offers up a number of real-life case studies from the media, FMCG and retail sectors around building cultural literacy and awareness, especially around religion and faith. These include the M&S Modest fashion range, Nike’s Pro Hijab, and how Bicester Village has developed its East Asian and Gulf Arab customer bases.
Aaqil is the former Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC and Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, and is now a Professor of Media at the University of Bolton. He specialises in working with businesses to pinpoint new opportunities to expand their reach in response to demographic change and the increasing need for cultural literacy.
This special episode was recorded live in front of an audience at Henry Wood House in London.
Episode 2 – Intrapreneurship with Marianne Constans
EW Group MD Rachael Wilson travels to Paris to talk to HR professional and inclusion specialist Marianne Constans about driving cultural change in organisations.
Marianne is closely involved in the growing intrapreneurship movement across Europe. What is intrapreneurship? It’s the idea of using entrepreneurial skills to lead innovation or change within a large organisation, whether that means products, processes or working cultures.
Marianne talks about her experiences of implementing organisational change around diversity and inclusion at the FTSE100 company Imperial Brands in Bristol. She provides a great insight into how to make real change happen within the constraints of a large company.
To learn more about the intrapreneurship movement, check out these links:
The League of Intrapreneurs – a community of intrapreneurs based in London, with case studies and practical tools
The book Marianne co-wrote on the subject (currently only available in French)
The Intrapreneurship Conference – a global platform that organises conferences around the world
This TED Talk by Shoel Perelman – ‘How a Company can Nurture its Internal Rebels’
Episode 1 – Trust with Chris Paton
Studies show that having a sense of purpose is increasingly what drives us to work. Building a culture of trust is one way to create that feeling for people.
During his time in the armed forces, Chris Paton was responsible for advising on Afghan Strategy and plans to the Cabinet Office and National Security Council. He also saw active service in a wide range of places including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, and Afghanistan.
Chris has since founded the business wargaming consultancy Quirk Solutions, and specialises in working with public and private companies to stress-test their strategic plans through a facilitated technique called wargaming. Having been a leader himself in a high stakes armed forces environment, he now works closely with business leaders at the likes of Shell, Waitrose and Heineken. As Chris explains, when the stakes are high, we need to trust the people we work with.
Culturally intelligent leaders are 3.5 times more likely to get the full potential out of their staff
Teams with more than one member who represent your target customers are up to 158% more likely to understand their needs
What are the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace?
We’re interested in the micro-culture of work. How do we create a more inclusive culture, where everyone can contribute and thrive? There is no single ‘corporate culture’ anymore.
In Reworked, we’ll talk to employers, cultural commentators and employees themselves to find out just how different our working lives can be.
Our company culture podcast is hosted by EW Group MD Rachael Wilson.
Company culture and the race for talent
For businesses everywhere, the race is on to build a truly 21st-century workplace. Competition is fierce when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining the very best talent.
And the motivations of that talent are changing. People are choosing company cultures that focus on inclusive working environments. Trust, open communication and acceptance of difference are no longer the nice-to-haves; they’re the must-haves.